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    Happy to be celebrating another birthday!

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    Other Care (Dental): my saliva glands were a casualty of my radiation. Between the radiation treatments and the dry mouth, all of my teeth are breaking apart. My insurance does not cover dental so.... I am on my own. Did get evaluated., must have 20 sessions of hydrobaric oxygen treatments before oral surgery and 10 after. it is a possibility that the radiation treatments won't let my mouth heal. They also tell me that because of the dry mouth, I my not be able to have dentures. How am I supposed to eat??? When I posed this question I was told "soft foods". OK, but I'm already under weight from chemo and radiation... still. can't afford to lose any more.

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    Celebration (Cancer Free): It's been 2 yrs 11 months since being diagnosed. CT and PET scans show me cancer free! Finally my oncologist will say I am "cancer free" not just in remission. It's been rough in many ways, adapting to my new normal, not being able to taste anything sweet, partial loss of use of right arm, and of course financial ruin..... but I am alive and cancer free!

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    I am now a survivor in recovery. The surgery went well but the recovery is long and painful, I hurt from the top of my head to my shoulder. My throat is swollen so eating by mouth is minimal, thankfully I still have my peg tube. I'm not patient, but I guess I'll have to be.

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      GregP_WN

      I know how you feel, I just wanted to start feeling normal and NOW! Try to be patient, it will get better, but slowly.

      almost 4 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): radical neck disection, removed all lymphnodes from right neck.
    recovery is taking a long time and painful